Thursday, June 5, 2008

Danube Delta and dragonflies

I am off to the Danube Delta in Romania soon. I go every year, once, twice, sometimes three times, and have been doing so since the mid-1980s. It is, without question, a superb birding destination. But there is so much more there as well... amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects. The place is alive with wildlife. One of the fauna groups I have tried to get to grips with recently is the Odonata, the dragonflies. The Delta is a great place to work on them as over 40 species have been recorded and some of these are adundant. They include several demoiselles and damselflies, hawkers and the magnificent Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator as in this photo. I will let you know how I get on...

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